Essendon will be without midfielder Kyle Langford for several weeks after the 23-year-old sustained a hamstring strain in Friday night's win over Adelaide.

Langford was medically subbed out of the game at the final break with hamstring soreness.


It’s an untimely blow for the 24-year-old, who was enjoying career-high averages in disposals (21.1) and marks (5.7).

Head of high performance Sean Murphy said Langford had already begun what should hopefully be a speedy recovery.

“Unfortunately, Kyle presented with a bit of hamstring tightness throughout the game,” Murphy told Dons Digital’s Liberty Financial Performance Update.

“We decided to take him out at three-quarter time, and unfortunately he’s sustained a hamstring strain and will go into a short-term rehab process now.

“Hopefully we’ll get him back in a few weeks.”

Kyle Langford rises high against the Crows. (Photo: AFL Photos)

In positive news, captain Dyson Heppell looks to be heading in the right direction for an immediate return following thumb surgery.

Murphy said despite the skipper’s operation last week, the 29-year-old should push his case to return against North Melbourne on Sunday after missing the win over the Crows.

“He’s shaping up really well,” he said.

“He got out today, had a bit of a run and touched the footies.

“He’ll shape up for the backend of the week to give it a good test, but he’s looking pretty good at this point.”

Midfielder Dylan Shiel’s slow and steady progress from a knee injury has turned a corner this week, with the 28-year-old eyeing a return to normal workload volumes.

While Shiel’s rehabilitation is making positive strides, Dons fans will have to wait several more weeks before a return to playing is considered for the No.9.

“’Shiely’s’ coming along pretty well at the moment,” Murphy said.

“He’ll start to integrate into some skills over the next couple of weeks with the group. He’ll build that volume up ever the next month or so.”

Murphy also touched on injury updates to Jye Caldwell, Andrew McGrath, David Zaharakis and Zach Reid, while highlighting exceptional high-performance efforts from Zach Merrett, Archie Perkins and Sam Draper.

Watch round 18’s Liberty Financial Performance Update below.

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Performance update | Round 18

Head of high performance Sean Murphy provides a performance update ahead of round 18.

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Dyson Heppell Thumb Test
David Zaharakis Wrist Test
Cody Brand Hand Test
Aaron Francis Mental health Test
Dylan Shiel Knee Short term
Andrew Phillips Hamstring Short term
Kyle Langford Hamstring Medium term
Jye Caldwell Hamstring Medium term
Andrew McGrath Knee Long term
Michael Hurley Illness Long term
Zach Reid Back Long term
Irving Mosquito Knee Long term
Kaine Baldwin Knee Long term
Updated Tuesday, July 13